Sharing Links Between Your PC and an Android Phone

August 23, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Mobile phones are great – but they’re not PCs.

An obvious statement, but bear with me: the problem with a mobile phone is that it is difficult to share links for useful websites from your desktop. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy way around this, a method of transferring data directly across the web from your web browser to your phone?

In fact why leave it at links? Phone numbers, maps and even text could be sent from your PC to your phone, a great way of saving time sending yourself an email!

If you’re an Android user with a device running version 2.2 and above, you can take advantage of the Google Chrome to Phone app. This free utility helps you to share web links between a Chrome browser running on your PC and your Android device, allowing you to enjoy the same web pages on your phone as you earlier viewed on your computer!

Sharing links between PC and Android

Preparing Google Chrome

To get started using this app, you first need to configure the Google Chrome browser on your computer. If you don’t already have a copy of the browser, head to www.google.com/chrome and download the latest version for your platform – it is available for Windows XP, Vista and 7, Mac OS X 10.5 or later and the Debian/Ubuntu/Fedora/openSUSE Linux distros.

Once installed, open Settings > Tools > Extensions and click Browse the gallery to view the add-on library for Google Chrome. Using the search facility you should be able to find the Chrome to Phone Extension, so open the page and click Add to Chrome, and then Install.

A few moments later you will notice a new icon has appeared on the Chrome window, between the address bar and the settings button. This is the Chrome to Phone button, and you will need to click it before proceeding in order to sign in and permit the application to send information from your computer.

Adding Chrome to Phone to Your Android

With this stage complete, it’s time to turn your attention to your mobile. Open the Market and look for Chrome to Phone. You should find it pretty quickly (it’s listed under Tools) and installing it on your Android phone shouldn’t take too long either. Once installed, the app will require you to select your Google account (Google Apps accounts are not supported) before connecting to the cloud to await data that is sent from your computer to your phone.

Once this has been down the mobile app will give you the opportunity to select whether links should be opened automatically when sent to your phone or if they should be manual, and once you click Finish the app is ready!

Sharing Links with Chrome to Phone

With your Chrome browser and your Chrome to Phone mobile app both signed into your Google account, it should be long before you are sharing links and other data.

On your computer, open Chrome, find a website you wish to view on your phone and click the Chrome to Phone button; a few seconds later the web page will be sent to your phone where it will open in your browser!

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